When Horse Became Saw

When Horse Became Saw

By  Anthony Macris

When Alex was diagnosed with autism, his parents had two choices: do what they were told (and could afford), or do what they thought best.

When Anthony Macris' son was diagnosed with autism, he and his partner Kathy had two choices - do what they were told, and could afford, or do what they thought best.

This is the tragic, joyful, instructive story of how Anthony and Kathy took control of the therapy themselves, turning their lives upside down to do so. It took a long time, but the radiance did return to Alex's face. By then he was a completely different person, and so were his parents.

When Horse Became Saw is also an invaluable guide through the obstacles faced by anyone in this situation. It beautifully paints the emotional world of a father who finds himself in the strange country of autism – and something of a stranger in his own country, whose government refused to fund the therapy his son so desperately needed.

'A heartbreaking account . . . one which will fill you with hope and love at the same time.' Canberra Times

'In restrained, lyrical prose Anthony Macris records [the family's] journey through profound anguish and moments of intense joy.' The Age

'Macris does a brilliant job of investigating the world of autism. Ultimately this is a story of inspiration . . . and the tale of unending parental love.' Sunday Telegraph

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January 25, 2012

Penguin (AU Adult)

RRP $24.99

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March 23, 2011

Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

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Awards & Recognition


Prime Minister's Literary Award



The Age Book of the Year Award